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Teacher Appreciation Gifts May 24, 2013

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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I can’t believe it is the end of the school year!  Where did that time go?  Our little man if now a preschool graduate and on to kindergarten next year – yikes!  Here are a few of the gifts we gave his teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week.  We were so blessed to have two wonderful teachers and many wonderful helpers!

Initial/Name Cups

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Self-Adhesive Vinyl for the Cricut Machine

Plastic Cool Drink Cup

Cups Collage

I started by cutting each teacher’s initial of their last name using black vinyl.  I adhered it to the plastic cup.  Next, I used the white vinyl and cut out each teacher’s first name and placed it on top of the black initial.  I used two different Cricut Cartridges (Black Initial – Plantin’ Schoolbook and White name – Opposites Attract).

Cup Tag Collage

I added a tag I printed out on the computer.  Inside the cup I added a gift card to The Juice Stop our local smoothie shop.

Sticky Note Stack

Sticky Note Stack

I found this idea on Pintrest which led me to the blog “The Blackberry Vine“.  I thought the printable tag was super cute!  You can find it over at The Blackberry Vine.  Print it out and tie together different sized sticky notes with a matching ribbon.  Who doesn’t love a stack of note paper? (I know I am a sucker for office products)

Cookie Tin

Cookie Collage

Will and I baked Chocolate Chip cookies using our special recipe.  Stay tuned and it may appear on the blog one day.  I found these cute hounds tooth tins in the Target dollar section.  I added a computer printed and stamped tag, plastic wrap and a ribbon.  A tasty and simple gift for hard-working teachers.

Teacher Collage

A BIG thank you to Will’s teacher this year for giving him the BEST first school experience!!!



DIY Small Chalkboard September 8, 2012

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If you are a Pintrest user or a faithful Facebook user, you have seen this chalkboard idea used to document the first day of school.  I had pinned this idea quite a while ago and of course waited until the last-minute to execute the project.   You could not find a small chalkboard anywhere in town, so what’s a mom to do, but DIY!

I started by walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby and Michael’s looking for supplies.  Here is what I came up with.  This project was quick and easy and turned out even better than a chalkboard off the shelves — I think.


Unpainted Wooden Plaque

Foam Brushes

Chalkboard Paint


I’ve used the chalkboard spray paint before, but wanted to try to Martha Stewart acrylic chalkboard paint this time.  I have to say it was slick!  I felt it worked just as well as the spray paint and your finger didn’t hurt from spraying the can.


All you have to do is brush the chalkboard paint right on the wooden plaque.  Follow the painting instructions on the bottle of paint.  You have to let it dry for certain periods of time between the two coats and before using chalk on it.

After it has dried write on the board with chalk and erase it to get started.

Find yourself a kiddo going back to school!  I can’t believe my first baby is off to school already.

The sky’s the limit for ways you can document the first day of school using your chalkboard.  I liked the idea of adding what the child wishes to be when they grow up.  I had to explain this to Will a bit.  I thought it was funny he came up with Pizza Maker (after his first response of Transformer).  I can’t wait to see the progression of back to school pictures through the years.

(p.s. — Babies, don’t grow up too fast)


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